"Western Pennsylvania's Forests"

Accountable to Nature

Interior forest of Quebec Run Wild Area
Photo courtesy of: Shahid Durrani
Interior forest of Quebec Run Wild Area
Photo courtesy of: Shahid Durrani

In the midst of the Great Depression, it took guts to start a nonprofit of any kind. Yet, ten citizens believed that a public works program to enhance nature could also help with staggering unemployment in Pittsburgh. Eighty years later, the Conservancy has impacted the region and beyond in ways the founders probably could not have imagined.

Over the decades, we’ve been careful—even frugal—in ensuring that the funds entrusted to us are used effectively. That principle has translated into a rich legacy of magnificent natural places conserved in Western Pennsylvania—and proven outcomes in community greening and the preservation of Fallingwater.

We are honored to be nationally recognized for this work ethic. This year, Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of charities, recognized the Conservancy as one of the top 10 charities in the nation. For the last five years, WPC has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for efficiency and effectiveness.

There is much more to do in ensuring that our shared natural legacy stands the test of time. You can make a significant impact through your estate without changing your current standard of living. A simple way to establish a charitable legacy with WPC includes adding the Conservancy as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan or life insurance policy. A charitable gift annuity that pays guaranteed income for life may also be a good option.

For more information, please fill out the form below and return it in the enclosed envelope, or contact Carey Scheide Miller, senior director of development, at 1-866-564-6972 ext. 2356 or

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